The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist
Also sarcastically known as “national singles awareness day,” Valentine’s Day traces its roots supposedly to the ancient pagan holiday called Lupercalia during which men stripped naked and spanked young women with blood soaked goat skin whips in hopes of increasing their fertility. Thus we have all these red bottom-shaped hearts … which look nothing like human hearts.
“It should be exposed that Valentine’s Day was originally concocted by the Christian Church to ruin the festival of Lupercalia (named after the Roman God Lupercus) which was held on the 15th of February and continued throughout the month.
Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year…or at least more popular at Roman parties.
Later in the day, a lottery was held where all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn and the city’s bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and the girl would be the sexual partner of the young man for a year.
… In 498 A.D. Pope Gelasius of the Christian Church declared the celebration a pagan holiday, because it was fun, and decided to christianize the hell out of it. He did this by creating a “misinformation” celebration on the day before the festival of Lupercalia, February 14th, in the hopes of confusing the entire matter.
Instead of the names of young women, the urn would contain the names of Christian Saints and the young men and women were to emulate the ways of the saint they picked from the urn for a year.
Way to kill a holiday.
So much for the Lupercalia festival. The Christian church now needed a new holiday “mascot” to coordinate with the date they needed and found one in Saint Valentinus. But Saint Valentinus was a virgin and knew nothing of romance. This fact would hinder the effort to confuse the celebrations. Not to mention if anybody should have been celebrating Lupercalia, it was this guy.
The Christian church knew this wouldn’t fly and created an elaborate story about Valentinus and love. …
Yahoo answers is always right, yeah. 😉
Anyway, many feel lonely, insecure, depressed, or unwanted on Valentine’s Day, so check on your people and make sure they know you care.